College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, November 9, 2013
The Missouri Valley Conference has been dominated in recent years by Wichita State, Creighton and Northern Iowa, but the Drake Bulldogs got off to a positive start with a 61-59 victory at Illinois-Chicago for new head coach Ray Giacoletti.
Richard Carter scored a career-best 38 points as Drake hung on to escape on Saturday. Drake established a nine-point lead over the Flames with eight minutes left, but had to hold on to survive a furious comeback which ended when a last-second shot rimmed out.
Carter, a 5'11" senior from Detroit who averaged less than 10 points per game last season, hit 12 of 17 from the field and was 12-for-12 from the foul line. Hitting two of four from three-point range, Carter helped out with three rebounds and four steals. His 38 points is the most scored in Division-I so far this season.
The Bulldogs last won the Missouri Valley title and tournament in the 2007-08 season, when they went to the NCAA tournament, finishing with a school record of 28-5. Drake was 15-17 last season and 7-11 in conference competition.
The Bulldogs play their first home game Tuesday night, when they host Iowa Wesleyan.